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Seanad Éireann debate -
Tuesday, 5 Apr 2022

Vol. 284 No. 4

Sitting Arrangements: Motion

I move:

(1) That Seanad Éireann resolves that -

(a) a joint sitting of both Houses of the Oireachtas shall be held in the Dáil Chamber on Wednesday 6th April, 2022, at 9.50 a.m., and His Excellency Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, shall be invited to address such joint sitting via video conference;

(b) the Ceann Comhairle shall be Chairperson of the joint sitting and shall adjourn the sitting immediately following the concluding statement by the Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann;

(c) the arrangements shall be as follows:

(i) the Ceann Comhairle shall open the joint sitting by inviting the President to address the Houses;

(ii) following the address, statements in response may be made in the following order and shall not exceed the times indicated:

(I) an Ceann Comhairle – 2 minutes;

(II) the Taoiseach, the Tánaiste and the leaders of the Green Party and Sinn Féin - 6 minutes each;

(III) the leaders or a representative of the Labour Party, Social Democrats, People Before Profit-Solidarity, the Regional Group, the Rural Independent Group and the Dáil Independent Group -3 minutes each; and

(IV) the Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann - 6 minutes; and members may share time;

(2) in the event that President Zelenskyy is unable to participate, the Ceann Comhairle shall be empowered to cancel or postpone, or to suspend, the joint sitting;

(3) the protocol and seating plan for the joint sitting shall be as agreed by the Dáil Business Committee and the Seanad Committee on Parliamentary Privileges and Oversight; and

(4) following the adjournment of the joint sitting, the Seanad shall meet at 12 noon in the Seanad Chamber and the following arrangements shall apply:

(i) Standing Orders 29 and 30 shall stand suspended;

(ii) the Order of Business shall be proposed at 12 noon.

I understand that it is not proposed to move amendment No. 1.

Amendment No. 1 not moved.

On a point of information, is it possible for us as a House to send a message to the Ceann Comhairle to liaise on the motion that is being put before the House?

That is a separate matter.

There should have been consultation. I am sorry I did not get an opportunity to sign the motion, but we should have had a discussion on it.

We will have to discuss that matter separately. We are discussing the motion.

Thank you, a Leas-Chathaoirligh.

Question put and agreed to.